The Bears' offseason needs have been pretty well documented. Most of the focus is on quarterback and whether GM Ryan Pace will add legitimate competition for Mitch Trubisky, and a spotlight has been placed on the offensive line, where a guard and tackle rank high on Bears fans' wish lists.
But it's Chicago's need at tight end that is dominating the 2020 NFL mock draft circuit right now. The Athletic's Dane Brugler published his new two-round mock draft this week and has the Bears diving into the tight-end pool at pick No. 43.
In this mock, Brugler sends the Bears Cole Kmet, the impressive pass-catching tight end from Notre Dame. Kmet is the first tight end off the board in Brugler's projection, which also continues a trending theme that the Bears will have their pick of the tight end litter in 2020. In a recent mock draft by The Draft Network, Chicago snagged Washington's Hunter Bryant at No. 43; he was the first tight end off the board in that mock, too.
As for the 50th pick, Brugler has the Bears bulking up the defensive line with Alabama's Raekwon Davis. It's the first mock draft that has Chicago using one of their first two selections on a defensive lineman. The Bears could certainly do a lot worse than Davis (6-7, 312), who would offer the defense another powerful front-line defender. The thought of Eddie Goldman, Akiem Hicks, Bilial Nichols and Davis is, well, scary.
The biggest takeaway from the early mock-draft season is the near-consensus opinion that the Bears will be one of the first, if not the first, teams to pick a tight end. Brugler's mock was no exception, and it should have Bears fans excited.
Whether it's Bryant, Kmet, Brycen Hopkins (Purdue), Jared Pinkney (Vanderbilt) or any of the other Day-2 tight ends in this class, it appears like Chicago will have a legitimate opportunity to upgrade the position and at least challenge Trey Burton to become the receiver Pace decided to pay $8 million per season to be.